I hate to break this year’s ice in our dedicated forums with such a gloomy subject, but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t heated as could be over the matter at the moment. I for one think this is an issue that should be addressed more often and dealt with in a serious matter. Online (cyber) bullying, harassment, trolling, or whatever you choose to call it runs rampant on XBL and I hate that for one reason or another MS can’t seem to find a fix to this issue. Avoiding the issue and/or person responsible for it is one alternative often cited amongst the community, but I’m not one to stand idle and ignore it, ohh no… I’m going to try this in an effort not to halt and prevent it. And I’m going to do so in the only way I know how, by putting the person on “blast”.
Not having any type of repercussions for one’s online antics and allowing one’s inner badass to take over is no excuse, regardless of how much alcohol, weed, bath salts, or whatever other drug you’re currently experimenting with resides in your system.
I came across a fellow Balrog player today by the name of HAPPY303 with who I played one heck of a laggy game with. Upon finishing the first match I decided to boot him out of my room for obvious reasons (we had a 1 bar connection). Not thinking much of it as must people would understand why I did what I did, he decides to create his own room and invited me to it. Not wanting to play under those conditions I did not respond to his request. Evidently not happy with his previous loss HAPPY303 then decides to send me the following message as a provocation: “Join, don’t be scared kid”. I (took the bait) read the msg and replied to him by saying, “1 bar connection einstein… BTW I’m 28, if that makes me the kid than you’re too old to be acting this way. Please let the FGC mature”.
Now, I can’t be the only one on here that gets this type of emails and I know must of us are typically pretty good at ignoring them or having a good laugh at the sender’s expense. But I cracked! I clock in quite a few hours of offline play per week (10-15 per week), specially if the arcade is open, and thus online is but an afterthought when it comes to playing the game. Unfortunately, for us Austinites we’ve been without an arcade for a while as it’s undergoing renovations and I’ve been left with XBL as a means of practice. I get on about twice per week and it never fails… either a derogatory msg, or a smart remark about how my turtle tactics are scrubby and I would lose to them offline. I’ve played a bit more this time around than in previous weeks and my blood has been boiling over and so you get this rant of a post.
I wish the story ended here, but our “friend” wasn’t satisfied with my response and as we all know, in order to win online you must always have the last word. Here is a picture of HAPPY303’s last message:
At the time of this incident HAPPY303 had over 5000 PP so I figured there’d be a good chance of him being an active figure head around the site, if not an active tournament player where ever it is he’s from. I’m hoping this gains a bit of traction and brings to light the poor judgement and actions of our less mature players and in turn produces a backlash of sorts against this type of behavior. You never know who’s on the other side of the tube… In my own twisted, moral-induced way of thinking I figured people would be prompted to act in a more professional matter when dealing with strangers, go figure. Alas, not having any form of punishment for their actions brings out the worst in us all. Having the respect and balls to swallow your pride and carry on about your day, well that’s a whole other topic.